WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that Belarus, Russia and the United Arab Emirates have been dumping carbon- and alloy-steel wire rod in the U.S. and will be subject to elevated duties.
Commerce's decision disregarded arguments from the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, which testified at a Nov. 16 hearing that Grade 1080 and higher steel wire rod — which is used to make steel reinforcing wire for tires — should be excluded from any duties.
Domestic steel wire rod suppliers cannot meet the volume and quality needs of the U.S. tire manufacturing industry, Tracey Norberg, USTMA senior vice president and general counsel, testified at a May 24 hearing.
The potential impact of Commerce's decision is yet to be quantified.
Commerce did, however, exempt several other product categories from the duties.
The final antidumping margin found for Belarus was 280.02 percent as a Belarus-wide entity, the agency said in its Nov. 21 determination.
For Russia, the margins were 756.93 percent for Abinsk Electric Steel Works Ltd. and JSC NLMK-Ural, and 436.8 percent for all others.
For the UAE, the margin was 84.1 percent for Emirates Steel Industries PJSC and for all others, the agency said.
The duties for Russia are being enforced retroactively 90 days, to Sept. 5, because Commerce said it also found that "critical circumstances" exist with respect to all Russian exporters/producers.